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Olivier Rizzo aka SPEEDY GRAPHITO
Born in 1961.
Lives and works in Paris.

BIOGRAPHY

A precursor to the avant-garde and recognized as one of the pioneers of the French “Street Art” movement (Urban Contemporary Art), today Speedy Graphito is internationally one of the major figures of his generation.

Since the early 80s, just after the free-figuration movement, the collective memory and walls of Paris were permeated with the coloring and snappy graphics of Speedy Graphito’s “Style Graphito.”

SG Product of Art.
Prolific and inventive, SG uses all forms of expression – painting, sculpture, installation, video and photography – to create through his work and through the ages a universal language that will infuse the cultural landscape.

Developed with these themes, exhibitions followed with ever new and surprising universes. Having to constantly evolve and reinvent his trademark of joyful and profound art, often with bright colors, he playfully and ironicly shakes our perceptions of societal systems. In this approach, he does not hesitate to appropriate all the imagery of popular culture – superheroes and trademarks – thus achieving a quasi-systematic decryption of our collective unconscious. He comes in as many question the norms and principles of our Western cultural identity, superimposing on the reality of our society a more poetic dimension.

When SG uses specific imaginary from his personal dictionary, and it is tangibly connected to the history of art, it is reality that is mostly likely to provide the key. Here everyone will find, if desired, a good reason to pursue a more personal quest. The themes of childhood and death have always been widely present, making his works more autobiographical, inspired by his travels. All are an invitation to travel and enlighten. The work as a whole, is that of a facilitator, marking a dreamlike impression of a true iconoclast.

Equally at ease in a public painting performance as in the privacy of his own studio, SG devotes his body and soul to his passion. With the urgency of passing time, he acts as if in "survival" mode.
SG is a popular artist. By directing the creation of the poster for "Rush Art" in 1985 by the Ministry of Culture, he immediately received wide recognition and public awareness.
Following “Rush Art” came the animation for the Defense concert by JM Jarre, the external graphic identity of the Halle Saint Pierre, the creation of the logo for the Altair space mission (which is still somewhere in intergalactic space), the painting of the barge Europodyssée which joined Paris to Moscow via canals, sail a catamaran for crossing the Atlantic solo, and the walls of Paris along the route of the Bievre...

 

RESUME

SOME FEATURES:
He was only fourteen years old when he felt art was going to be his passion.
He attended the School of "Rue Madame," 1975 - 1980, and utilized all his spare time to paint, while also designing and manufacturing theater sets for five years.
When Olivier Rizzo graduated from the School of Art Estienne in Paris in 1983, he was twenty-two years old. It is at this time that he made his first stencils on the street with the group X Moulinex and he began painting under the name Speedy Graphito.


CULTURE CENTERS :
French Insitute of Naples (Italy)
French Cultural Center of Tlemcen (Algeria)
Fontenoy Regional Center for Contemporary Art (France)
French Institute of Prague (Czech Republic)
French Embassy of Japan (Tokyo, Japan)
La Chapelle du Carmel - Chalon s/ Saône ( FR )
Musée De Dieppe -Dieppe ( FR )
Maison de la Culture - Rennes ( FR )
Musée d’Ingres - Montauban ( FR )
Cultural Center - Avranches ( FR )

PUBLIC COMMISSIONS:
The Ministry of Culture, France
Le Centre National des Arts Plastiques
Le CNES (mission spatiale Altaïr)
La Direction des Affaires Culturelles de la ville de Paris

BIBLIOGRAPHY :
“ Serial Painter ” Somogy Editions d'art 2015
“ Paris Pochoirs ” Ed. Alternatives 2011
“ De la rue à la Galerie ” Ed. Pyramyd 2011
“ Homme Street Home ” Coll. Opus Délit – Ed Critère 2010
“ What did you expect ” Ed. Art Partner 2010
“ Fast Culture” Ed. Alternatives 2008
“ In Situ” Ed. Alternatives 2005
“ L'aventure intérieure ” Ed. Critère Urbanité 2004
“ Speedy Graphito – À colorier et à méditer ” 1992
“ Speedy Graphito produit de l’art ” Éd. Possible book 1990
“ Speedy Graphito - Génie artistique ” 1986

MAJOR SOLO EXHIBITIONS :
2016 “ Face à Face“ New Square Gallery – Lille (FR)
“ Home Street Home“ Galerie Huberty Breyne – Bruxelles (B)
“ Sans motif apparent “ Espace ECART – Paris – (FR)
“ Comme un vent de Liberté “ Galerie Barthelemy Bouscayrol– Biarritz – (FR)
2015 “ Artificial Paradise“ Castanier Gallery – LA (US)
“ Resolution “ Galerie Polaris – Paris(FR)
“ Solo Show “ New Square Gallery – Lille (FR)
2014 « Neverland “ Arsenal de Soissons - Soissons (FR)
“ Libre comme l’art “ Hotel Jules et Jim – Paris (FR)
“ Drawing now “ Galerie Polaris – Paris (FR)
“ Hypnotic “ Castanier Gallery – Miami (US)
“ Langages “ Artothèque de Pessac (FR)
“ Parade “ Galerie Bertheas - Saint-Etienne (FR)
2013
“ Start Over “ - Galerie Polaris - Paris ( FR )
“ NEWWORLDS “ Fabien Castanier Gallery - L.A ( US )
“ The Essential of Painting 1987 - 2013 “ à Saint-Emilion - Galerie Polaris hors les murs ( FR )
“ Lost “ Maison Triolet - Aragon - Saint Arnoult en Yvelines ( FR )
2012 “ LIKE “ New Square Gallery - Lille ( FR )
“ The Essential of Painting 1987 - 2012 “ Galerie Polaris - Paris ( FR )
2011 “ Solo Show “ Opera Gallery Londres ( UK )
“ Back2Venus “ New Square Gallery Lille ( FR )
“ Freeway “ Fabien Castanier Gallery - L.A ( US )
“ Exit “ Galerie australe - La Réunion ( Dom Tom )
“ Exit 2 ” Galerie 8 - Vichy ( FR )
2010 “ What Did You Expect ? “ Galerie Brugier Rigail - Paris ( FR )
“ Mondovision “ Artop - Lille ( FR )
2009 “ Prime Time “ Art Partner Galerie - Bruxelles ( BE )
2008 “ Sans Issues “ Art Partner Galerie - Paris ( FR )
“ Voyage aux pays des merveilles “ CAC - Fontenoy ( FR )
2007 “ Connexions “ Art Partner Galerie - Paris ( FR )
“ Lille aux Trésors “ Artop - Lille ( FR )
“ Urban Pop “ Ambrogi & Castanier Gallery - W- Hollywood ( US )
2006 “ Tatouages Urbains “ Galerie Anne Vignial - Paris ( FR )
“ Retro Prospective “ Galerie Suty - Coye la Forêt ( FR )
2005 “ Parcours de La Bièvre “ Lézart de la Bièvre - Paris ( FR )
2004 “ L’aventure Intérieure ” Espace Beaurepaire - Paris ( FR )
“ Terminus ” La Chapelle du Carmel - Chalon s/ Saône ( FR )
2003 “ Wake Up ” Galerie Polaris - Paris ( FR )
2002 “ Voyages en terres inconnues ” L’atelier d’artiste chez vous - Paris ( FR )
1998 “ Welcome to Vénus ” Galerie Polaris - Paris ( FR )
1997“ LAPINTURE ” Galerie Hugues de Payns - Tours ( FR )
1996 “ L’être ou ne Palette ” Espace St Jacques - Saint Quentin ( FR )
1995 “ C’est Moi qui Lapin, Sétois qui Voit ” Galerie Beau Lézard - Sète ( FR )
“ La Vie dont je suis le Héros ” Galerie Polaris - Paris ( FR )
1994 “ Que Passa ” Galerie Punto - Valencia (ES)
“ Viva Lapinture ” Galerie Italia - Alicante (ES)
1993 “ Le Monde Alaloupe “ Galerie Polaris - Paris ( FR )
FIAC “ One Man Show ” Galerie Polaris - Paris ( FR )
1992 FIAC “ One Man Show ” Galerie Polaris - Paris ( FR )
1991 “ Paris, Tours, Rennes ” Galeries Polaris, Michel Pommier, Collin ( FR )
1990 “ Speedy Graphito, Produit de l'Art” Espace Action - Paris ( FR )
“ SG Peint l’Art Moderne de 1990 à nos jours ” Galerie Polaris - Paris ( FR )
1989 “ King Of The City ” Galerie Polaris - Paris ( FR )
1988 “ Étude Des Saints ” Galerie Polaris - Paris ( FR )
1987 “ Le Radeau des Médusés ” Espace Action - Paris ( FR )
“ LAPINTURE au Génie ” Galerie Wanet - Charleroi (BE)
1986 “ L’atelier de L’artiste ” Galerie Polaris - Paris ( FR )
“ Génie Artistique ” Institut Français - Naples (IT)
1985 “ A La Recherche de Zarzan ” Galerie Paradis - Paris ( FR )
“ Meurtre dans un Château Anglais ” Galerie Polaris - Paris ( FR )

MAJOR GROUP EXHIBITIONS :
2016 « Street Art Generation » Galerie Bertheas –Saint-Etienne (FR)
« Street Art Show » Opera Gallery Paris – Monaco
2015
« Urban  Art 2015 » Biennale de Street art. Vôlklingen – Germany
« Il sole è cieco » Galerie Polaris – Paris
« Crânes-Icône.Mythe. Culte » Vôlklingen – Germany
2014
« In situ » Fabien Castanier Gallery – Los Angeles
« Boom » Epinal – France
« Dali fait le mur » Espace Dali – paris - France
2013“ A4 “ New Square Gallery - Lille ( FR )
"Urban Art Biennale 2013" - Völklingen ( D )
2012 “ Quelques instants plus tard ” Couvent des Cordeliers - Paris ( FR )
“ Biennale du Havre “ Le Havre ( FR )
“ Graff the peace” Opera Gallery - Paris ( FR )
“ French Invasion ” Fabien Castanier Gallery - L.A ( US )
“ Fifty Fifty ” Galerie Mathgot - Paris ( FR )
2011 “ Graff ‘City “ Opera Gallery - Paris ( FR )
“ Urban Activity “ Espace Culturel Jean Cocteau - Les Lilas ( FR )
“ Fondation Clément “ Mix Art - La Martinique ( Dom Tom )
“ Atrium “ Mix Art - La Martinique ( Dom Tom )
2009 “ Stepanska Street Art “ Institut Français - Prague (CZ)
“ No Man’s Land ” Ambassade De France - Tokyo (JP)
2008 “ Group Show “ Art Partner Galerie - Bruxelles ( BE )
“ Group Show “ Art Partner Galerie - Paris ( FR )
2007 “ Group Show “ Art Partner Galerie - Paris ( FR )
2006 “ Sur Les Murs “ Centre Culturel Français - Tlemcen (DZ)
“ Aux Arts Citoyens “ Espace des Blancs Manteaux - Paris ( FR )
“ Artistes Urbains “ Galerie Anne Vignial - Paris ( FR )
“ Trend marks “ Galerie Suty - Coye La Forêt ( FR )
“ Avant Travaux “ Usines Mauchauffée - Troyes ( FR )
2005 “ Deck ‘On ” Exposition Itinérante Montpellier, Paris, Alpe d’Huez, Bienne…
Exposition Itinérante Montpellier, Paris, Alpe d’Huez, Bienne… ( FR - CH )
“ Section Urbaine ” Les Blancs Manteaux Paris ( FR )
“ Rue Des Artistes ” Galerie Anne Vignial - Paris ( FR )
“ Dites 33 ” La Condition Publique - Roubaix ( FR )
2004 La Nuit Blanche “ Les Muutants ” Péniche Antipode - Paris ( FR )
“ Les Muutants 2 ” Péniche Antipode - Paris ( FR )
“ Voeux d’artistes ” Galerie Kahn - Paris ( FR )
“ Paf dans ton Pif ” Hommage à Pif Gadget - Paris ( FR )
“ Art de Rue ” Espace Tiffaine - Paris ( FR )
“ Stencil Project ” Arslonga Paris ( FR )
“ Portraits Incognitos ” Galerie Sanguine Paris ( FR )
2003 “ Le Musée Idéal ” Espace Beaurepaire - Paris ( FR )
“ Ma Collection Préférée ” Espace Beaurepaire - Paris ( FR )
“ Art De Rue ” Galerie Kahn - Strasbourg ( FR )
2001 “ General Motors ” Fondation Colas - Paris ( FR )
1999 “ Artistes de la Galerie ” Galerie Polaris - Paris ( FR )
1997 “ Exposition de groupe ” Galerie Du Chal - Saint Brieuc ( FR )
1995 THE NEW PIER SHOW Galerie Punto - Madrid ( ES )
“ Les Sirènes ” Musée De Dieppe - ( FR )
1994 “ Un Artiste invite un Artiste ” Galerie Polaris - Paris ( FR )
“ Les Déjeuners sur l’Herbe » Galerie Beau Lézard Sète - Paris - Séoul - Tokyo
1993 “ Oeuvres Monumentales ” Galerie Polaris - Paris ( FR )
1992 “ Comme convenu lors de … ” Galerie Polaris - Paris ( FR )
“ Figurations, Fin de Millénaire ” Exposition Itinérante
“ 5 ans d’édition 1987 - 1992 ” Galerie Polaris - Paris ( FR )
1991 “ Exposition de groupe ” Galerie Métropolis - Lyon ( FR )
“ Exposition de groupe ” Galerie Michel Pommier - Tours ( FR )
“ Pour Saluer le Destin ” Musée d’Ingres - Montauban ( FR )
1990 FIAC “ Artistes de la Galerie ” Galerie Polaris - Paris ( FR )
SAGA “ Artistes de la Galerie ” Galerie Polaris - Paris ( FR )
“ Exposition de groupe ” Galerie Patrick Riquelme - Vannes ( FR )
1989 “ Le Témoignage de la Peinture 1789-1989 ” CAC - Avranches ( FR )
1987 “ Les Allumés de La Télé ” Grande Halle de la Villette - Paris ( FR )
1986 “ Les Media Peintres ” Maison de la Culture - Rennes ( FR )
“ Peintures Sauvages ” Frasso Télésino Italie ( IT )
1985 “ La Boutique à Speedy ” Galerie Polaris - Paris ( FR )
“ Émotions ” Espace St Jacques - Saint Quentin ( FR )
“ Mouchoirs d’artistes ” Galerie Lara Vinci - Paris ( FR )
“ Détournement d’affiches ” CNAP - Paris ( FR )
1984 “ Et Dans Dix Ans Qui ? ” Espace Cardin - Paris ( FR )

PERFORMANCES :
2015 “ La plus grande Fresque d'Europe” Festival International de Street Art - Evry ( FR )
2012 “ KOSMOPOLITE ” Festival International du Graffiti. Street Art - Bagnolet ( FR )
“ MURS PEINTS “ Street Art - L . A ( US )
2011 “ MURS PEINTS “ Usine Macae. Street Art - Rio de Janeiro ( BRA )
“ PERFORMANCES “ Mix Art Madinina. Street - La Martinique ( Dom Tom )
“ LE MUR ” Street Art / Collage - Paris ( FR )
2010 “ PARCOURS DE LA BIÈVRE ” Lézart de la Bièvre. Street Art - Paris ( FR )
“ LE MUR ” Street Art / Collage - Paris ( FR )
2009 FIART “ PEACE MANDALA“ Piazza Beaubourg - Street Art Performance - Paris ( FR )
2006 Le Mondial de l'Automobile. Performance - Paris ( FR )
2005 “ PARCOURS DE LA BIÈVRE ” Lézart de la Bièvre. Street Art - Paris ( FR )
“ KOSMOPOLITE ” Festival International du Graffiti. Street Art - Bagnolet ( FR )
Peinture de L’AUTOBUS DU BATOFAR. Performance - Paris ( FR )
2004 “ STENCIL PROJECT ” Street Art - Paris ( FR )
1993 - Création de l’identité visuelle de " LA HALLE SAINT-PIERRE ". Paris ( FR )
Commande publique de la Direction des Affaires Culturelles de la ville de Paris.
- Création de l’emblème de la mission spatiale " ALTAÎR " vol habité franco-russe (C.N.E.S.).
1992 Peinture de la péniche " EUROPODYSSEE " Paris-Moscou par les canaux. Paris (EU)
1991 - Peinture du hobby-cat d’Olivier Chiabodo pour la traversée du Détroit de Formose.
- 200 m2 de fresques pour l'École polyvalente de la rue de la Villette. Paris ( FR )
- Animation des Tours de la Défense / Projections pour le concert de J.M. Jarre. La Défense ( FR )
1987 " SPEEDO " Création du journal des fans de Speedy.
" YOU ARE THE WORLD " Création d'une ligne de T-shirts SPEEDY GRAPHITO
Décors de théâtre - Mise en scène Saskia Cohen-Tanugi.
" Bastien et Bastienne " de Mozart - Théâtre du Ranelagh. Paris ( FR )
" La nuit s’est habillée ce soir en Scaramouche " Festival Molière. Montpellier ( FR )
1985 Création de l’affiche pour " LA RUÉE VERS L'ART " Ministère de la Culture. Paris ( FR )

SHORT FILMS :
2014 “ Ainsi soit Lapinture” Film documentaire long metrage de Royer,Graphito, Giler et Lefdup.
2010 “ ÉVASION ” Le Laboratoire d’Images - Supinfocom - Court métrage 3d Arles ( FR )
2009 “ Faites de Beaux Rêves ” Court métrage. Arte ( FR )
2006 " LUKRATE MILK " Film vidéo pour le DVD du groupe.
2004 " TERMINUS " Film / Installation / performance filmée.
2003 " WELCOME TO VENUS " Série en images de synthèse. Canal + ( FR )
"Création du groupe musical et vidéographique " French Légumes ".
2002 Vidéos pour " Le Festival du Chien à plumes ".
2001 Vidéos pour " Le Festival du Chien à plumes ".
Vidéos de scène pour le groupe musical " PLUTO ".